Printing an eBook or a published book can be done yourself if your goal is just for recreational and personal use. However, the big bucks can more likely be found in the presence of professionals. Before you go into such a big commitment, it’s important to know everything you can about the processes, risks, benefits and resources needed for the job.
Printed Book Pros:
Easy to share a Book with Others: Lending an eBook would be such a hassle, without breaking copyright laws. Printed books are much safer, because once you pay for it, it’s yours to lend to whomever you want – without breaking the law.
It’s more valuable: Has a good friend, a grandma or a mentor ever given you a book that’s been passed down from generation to generation, or friend to friend? Those kinds of books hold special places in people’s hearts. People – especially readers – love flipping pages of a book. It’s more distinguished; therefore, they care for it more.
It lasts longer: Let’s be honest, people still read books published in the 1800s. People who are long gone still have their words echo the halls of schools across the nation. Printed books are more likely to sell, which means they are more easily received by the public – and in schools.
You pay for it, so you Own it: With eBooks, you’re paying just to read it. You don’t truly own a copy – it’s linked on a database you can use. When you purchase a printed book, you get more privileges and rights to the book.
Printed Book Cons:
Once it’s gone, it’s gone: We’ve all experienced the famous computer- and internet-based technology crashing. Everything is lost! But the good news is that 90 percent of the time, eBooks can be retrieved through a database. Printed books don’t have the same luck. If a housefire burns to the ground, chances are people must pay for a second copy – which means it better be a good book!
It’s not as geared toward younger generations: Although they may not disappear, printed books are going out of style. If you’ve got a young adult novel, it may be more beneficial to reach your audience through e-Printing rather than mechanical print.
Books give the eyes a break: Let’s face it, any screen is bad for your eyes, so there are all these gadgets to help your eyes not strain as much. Reading a good book from the bed, couch or comfy chair is another alternative. It provides a more relaxing experience for reading.
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